ACC Intellectual Property Network Fall 2018 Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE...
Message from the IP Network Chair  
Memeber Spotlight  
Docket Articles  
Monthly IPN Calls and Upcoming September 2018 IPN Legal Quick Hit  
Upcoming Events  
Keeping Up with the IPN  
ACC IPN Network eGroup - Almost 7,000 Members and Growing!  
Aspiring Writers Welcome for "What's Hot" and Publications  
Your Intellectual Property Network Leadership Team (2017-2018)  
Sponsor's Corner  
Sponsor Spotlight  
Job Listings  
Networks
Virtual Library
Renew Your Membership
Update Your Records
Upcoming ACC Programs
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Webcasts
Updates from ACC Networks

Message from the IP Network Chair
Alisa Key

At the IPN, we’ve had a busy summer as we gear up for the programs we’ve developed for the ACC Annual Meeting in Austin this October. We kick off the Annual Meeting on Monday with our Patents: Mini Boot Camp followed by our Intellectual Property Network Business Meeting which I encourage you to attend. Our Business Meeting is a great way to meet fellow members and forge connections, something I always find incredibly rewarding. I hope to see and meet you there! After our Business Meeting, I invite you will join our panel of speakers and our sponsor Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP, discussing “Intellectual Property Protection for Emerging Technologies”. Finally, we hope you are already planning and registered to participate in our interactive “Soup to Nuts” IP for In-house program. This 3 ½ hour program has a impressive cast of in-house counsel speakers and facilitators who will get you thinking about the IP issues an in-house counsel should know about. I look forward to seeing you in October!

Alisa Key
2017-2019 Chair


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Memeber Spotlight
Getting to Know Our Annual Meeting Program Chair: Bill Calore

In addition to his role as General Counsel at Axletech, Bill Calore has been an enthusiastic member of the IP Network and ACC more broadly for many years. Earlier this year, I asked Bill if he would lead the charge to develop and deliver our IPN programs at the 2018 Annual Meeting. In addition to all the other commitments he’s made to the IPN, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. He immediately rolled up his sleeves and got to work. With his dedication and thoroughness, we are pleased to deliver a wealth of programming on important IP topics at the Annual Meeting. If you see Bill at the Annual Meeting, please stop to say hello and thank him for all his hard work. (You may actually have to run with him as I’m sure he’ll be hurrying to our programs to make sure they take off without a hitch). When Bill wasn’t managing the legal helm at Axletech or meeting with our program managers in conjunction with the Annual Meeting sessions, I grabbed him (when I could) and asked him for just one more thing. I wanted all of us to get to know him just a little bit better before we headed off to the Annual Meeting. Here’s our interview with Bill Calore, our IPN Annual Meeting Program Organizer Extraordinaire. 

If you could share with us three things about yourself, what would they be?

1. I have worked as an in-house counsel for over 30 years, I have been a member of the ACC since May, 1995, and helped found the Research-Triangle ACC Chapter in North Carolina;  

2. I am currently the General Counsel for AxleTech, and live just outside of Detroit, Michigan (the “Motor City”). I have had the chance to live and work overseas on two occasions: once in 1997/8 in Goteborg, Sweden, while I worked for AB Volvo, and then again in 2006, in Stuttgart, Germany, when I did work for Daimler-Chrylser (now Daimler), where I got to enjoy the 2006 World Cup.

3. I wrote a Science Fantasy book (which you can find on Amazon.com) – Dragon Phoenix Prophecy: The Elders Puzzle, and hope to write the sequel in the next year or two.

Since you’ve been practicing law, how have you seen it change?

Technology. When I first started practicing, our firm used Olivetti typewriters and Legal Secretary Pools, FAX machines were a luxury, and documents were mailed via the US Post office, and the internet was still just a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye! Law firms had law librarians instead of Siri or Alexa, and libraries were full of real books and the only thing we kept in the cloud was rain. Lawyers used the West Key system to conduct research using real Books, we ‘cut and pasted’ our memos with real scissors and tape, we opened our mail with a letter opener, not a password, and long distance calls were billed out by the minute. Only the largest companies had in-house counsel, and the ACC was still known as the American Corporate Counsel Association! The face of lawyers has changed too, with women and minorities exerting their role in the profession, and changing the way we see the world. Yes, the world is a very different place, the practice of law is different, and the demands on in-house counsel have changed with it.   

What tips would you share with our members that have guided you in your legal profession?

Find a mentor (or mentors) who can help you grow as a lawyer and a business person, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, be willing to ask questions, treat everyone the way you would want to be treated, and surround yourself with smart people. Remember that even us in-house counsel are ‘real’ lawyers, you have to abide by your State Bar’s Professional Code of Conduct, and your reputation and your personal ethics are worth more than any paycheck.    

If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who would that be?

My sister Michelle, who passed away on New Year’s Eve as a result of cancer. She was a wonderful person and a loving sister, a great special education teacher, and I miss her very much

If you could attend or watch any one historical event, what would it be?

Hang out with Neil Armstrong on the Moon back in July, 1969 as he took that “One small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind”!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My wife and I love to take long walks with Poobah, our 9 year old Maltipoo, spend time with my kids and grandchildren, and go antiquing.
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Docket Articles

Be Sure to Check Out the Intellectual Property Networks Article, “Think Before You Arbitrate: Considerations for Patent Disputes,” in the September ACC Docket




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Monthly IPN Calls and Upcoming September 2018 IPN Legal Quick Hit

Monthly IPN Calls and Upcoming September 2018 IPN Legal Quick-Hit:

IP Network Monthly Membership Call: Network News, “What’s Hot”, & 30-minute Legal Quick Hit (LQH): The IP Network full membership meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month except July. We hold a roundtable presentation of What’s Hot Topics that rotate among Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and IP Transactional Issues with one or two presented each month. Login to the ACC Website, and navigate to the IP Network webpage for upcoming meeting telephone and webcast information.

Please join us for our September 2018 Legal Quick Hit on Electronic Data & IP on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (12:25pm – 12:55pm).
Login to the ACC Website
, & navigate to the IP Network webpage or click the meeting link to join and add to your calendar. 

If you have ideas for topics that you would like to see presented in our monthly Legal Quick Hit, please reach out to a member of the IPN Leadership.

MONTHLY IP NETWORK EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP MEETINGS: First Tuesday of Each Month:  Join your colleagues and IP Network leaders and participate in a brief 30-minute teleconference every month to help us plan new content and events. 
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Upcoming Events

Trade Secret Case from A-Z:  Exploring the Stages of a Trade Secrets Case Through Hypotheticals

https://acc.inreachce.com/Details/Information/f54a21c4-597f-4d42-af61-7e4bec86f56f

Boilerplate Contract Provisions That Can Bite You in IP Litigation

https://acc.inreachce.com/Details/Information/d6f8c9de-d293-4b0b-ae22-6c13e5cbab40

Legal Operations Maturity Model Series – Intellectual Property Management

https://acc.inreachce.com/Details/Information/a0229367-6047-40de-8f9f-d82fc7d26a7d

 


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Keeping Up with the IPN

You can keep up to date on the IPN through our ACC eGroup (further details below), the Network Page at ACC.com, and our new LinkedIn Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8673432) as well as through our monthly business meeting. If you wish to become more involved in the IPN, please reach out. We have a number of leadership openings (indicated on the chart later in this newsletter) which are a good way to get to know your Intellectual Property Network a little bit better.

 


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ACC IPN Network eGroup - Almost 7,000 Members and Growing!

Among the many resources available to members of the Intellectual Property Law Network, the best resources are each other, and we leverage our collectively knowledge, skill, and abilities in many ways using the ACC website.  Login to the ACC website now and visit our IP Network eGroups forum.

The ACC IP Network eGroup postings are a forum for members to engage with fellow members, present general and tactical questions, exchange ideas, share best practices, offer template forms, reach out to international membership for information and advice on issues in non-familiar jurisdictions, and many other resources.

In our eGroup, we’ll post updates on resources we’ve developed with our sponsor Kilpatrick Townsend and other relevant information we learn of such as the recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the USPTO’s efforts to make electronic trademark filing submissions mandatory. Check out our recent Top Ten on IP Due Diligence, our Legal Quick Hit materials on Selling Patent Rights and our “Anatomy of a False Advertising Claim” Webcast material.

Members also can take advantage of the eGroup to seek advice or recommendations on relevant IP issues, topics and resources.  We’ve recently seen posts on PCTs, escrow alternatives, patent portfolio strategy copyright certificates, c&d letters, and more. We’re always looking for good topics to form the basis for a sample form or policy, Quick Hit, Webcast, Quick Counsel, InfoPak or Top Ten and we certainly look to the engagement that we see through the eGroup to measure topics that are important and relevant to our membership.

We also provide summaries of the What’s Hot topics that are featured during our monthly meetings, with links to cases, decisions, proposed legislation and regulations, other items of interest to IP practitioners.

Anyone can anonymously post questions and answers. Members may submit eGroup inquiries, and every member may respond. DISCLAIMER: eGroup responses are informational only, and are not considered legal advice or counsel.  A client-attorney relationship is not formed from such communications. 

We strongly encourage our membership to take advantage of this invaluable resource. Postings may be found here. 
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Aspiring Writers Welcome for "What's Hot" and Publications

Intellectual Property Network members who are interested in authoring a blog post, an on-line article or an ACC Docket article are more than welcome.  You can write something independently or co-author with support of someone at our Sponsor, Kilpatrick Townsend, or another member of the IP Network.  Many states with MCLE requirements give credit for writing articles, please check to see whether your state does.

We also welcome volunteers for the monthly “What’s Hot” presentations on our IPN calls.  These focus on proposed legislation and regulations; interesting cases and court decisions; changes in application or review practices; or another other topic that can be presented in about five minutes. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, refer to the above list and please contact anyone in our executive leadership, including our Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.


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Your Intellectual Property Network Leadership Team (2017-2018)

POSITION

NAME

Chair

Alisa Key

Senior Counsel - IP

Pearson Education

alisa.key@pearson.com

Vice-Chair

 Casey Mangan

Counsel (Retired)

Allstate Insurance Company

cmangan718@gmail.com

Secretary

Margo Lynn Hablutzel

Advisor – Legal/Contracts ACCM

DXC Technology

mhablutzel2@DXC.com

Chapter Relations

Liaison Chair

Karna Nisewaner

Associate General Counsel - Intellectual Property,

Cadence Design Systems Inc.

karna@cadence.com

Communications Co-Chair

AVAILABLE

Communications Co-Chair

AVAILABLE

Annual Meeting

Program Co-Chair

William Calore

General Counsel & Secretary,

Axle Tech International, LLC

bill.calore@axletech.com

Forms & Policies Chair

Kim Jessum

Chief IP Counsel U.S. & Associate General Counsel

Heraeus Incorporated

kim.jessum@heraeus.com

Forms & Policies Co-Chair

David Chambers

Senior Counsel, IP

Smith & Nephew

David.chambers@smith-nephew.com

InfoPak Lead and Co-Lead

Casey Mangan

cmangan718@gmail.com

and

Don Gammon

Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Bloomberg LP

Dgammon3@bloomberg.net

Legal Quick Hits and

Quick Counsel Co-Chair

Lynne Kane-Van Reenan

Senior Contracts Attorney

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (ARINC)

lkanevan@arinc.com

Legal Quick Hits and

Quick Counsel Co-Chair

Thomas Feix

Senior Corporate Counsel - Patent, The Clorox Company

thomas.feix@clorox.com

What’s Hot Coordinator

AVAILABLE

ACC Docket Article

Co-Lead

Rebecca Hanovice

Senior Intellectual Property & Litigation Counsel

Callaway Golf Company

rebecca.hanovice@callawaygolf.com

ACC Docket Article

Co-Lead

William Eipert

Senior Managing Counsel,

Xerox Corporation

william.eipert@xerox.com

ACC Docket Article

Co-Lead

Sarah Beisheim

Senior IP Counsel,

Xerox Corporation

sarah.beisheim@xerox.com

Advocacy & Case Law

AVAILABLE

Webcast Co-Chair

Jon Holt

Director & Senior Corporate Counsel

LexisNexis

jon.holt@lexisnexis.com

Webcast Co-Chair

AVAILABLE

Top Ten Co-Chair

Michael Mueller

Conatus Pharmaceuticals

mmueller@conatuspharma.com

Top Ten Co-Chair

Lewis Craft

Huntsman

lewis_craft@huntsman.com

Immediate Past Chair

John Bates

General Counsel

Clarity Insights

jbates@clarityinsights.com

 
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Sponsor's Corner
Kilpatrick Townsend

Recent Publications:  Visit the Kilpatrick Townsend Knowledge Center & Kilpatrick Townsend’s “Well-Read” Publications Resources.

 


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Sponsor Spotlight
Getting to Know Tiffany Williams

Tiffany is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend where she has practiced law and helped clients navigate the complex world of patent law for eleven years. Prior to practicing law, Tiffany worked as an engineer and certified Six Sigma Black Belt for eight years in the coated paper, plastics and ceiling tile industries. Tiffany is one of Kilpatrick Townsend’s exceptional subject matter experts (or SME’s) in the area of patent law and an invaluable contributor to the IPN. This summer, we sat down with Tiffany who shared a little bit about herself with us.

If you could share with us three things about yourself, what would they be?

My three dreams as a young girl were to become a fighter pilot, a lawyer, and a mother. I have been working through this list in reverse order. I decided to go to law school at age 32 – almost 10 years into my chemical engineering career and 2 years after my son was born.  I’m still working on the flying lessons!

Since you’ve been practicing law, how have you seen it change?

Without question, the biggest change I have seen has been the implementation of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). Some of the changes brought on by AIA have been good, others not so good.  In particular, the AIA led to the creation of the PTAB and the new post-grant proceedings, which have dramatically changed the landscape for patent owners and patent challengers. The rules and approach to post-grant proceedings are continuing to rapidly evolve and create a challenge for practitioners to stay up to speed on the latest approaches. 

What tips would you share with our members that have guided you in your legal profession?

I have always had the benefit of a mentor or sponsor who was willing to share their knowledge and feedback. To really benefit from that type of relationship, though, I had to develop a thicker skin and really embrace constructive feedback. The best advice I ever had was that “you should always feel a little out of your comfort zone every day.” If you are too comfortable, you have stopped progressing as an attorney.

If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who would that be? 

Anne Frank. I remember reading her diary when I was about her age, and was just astounded by how she could be so strong and resilient during those terrible circumstances. I’d like to have a chance to learn how to emulate her courage.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?               

I love to go camping with my husband and son, and spoiling our border collie/lab mix dogs.

 


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Job Listings

For current career opportunities in the in-house intellectual property field, please click here and visit the ACC Careers Website.

 
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